Please move Mods if it is not in the right place- thanks I just saw this article and thought that for me it was true, I actually did feel more scatter brained/ forgetful whilst pregnant with my two children (and again now going through menopause). Probably as they described a lack of sleep plays a large part. http://news.smh.com.au/baby-brain-confirmed-in-mumstobe/20080206-1qi3.html 'Baby brain' confirmed in mums-to-be February 6, 2008 - 10:57AM Science has confirmed what mums-to-be have long suspected - pregnancy really does make you forgetful, and the "baby brain" can last months after birth. A review of pregnancy studies by Australian researchers has found that those with child have "modest deficits" in memory, especially when information is new or presented in a challenging way. "The memory deficits many women experience during and after pregnancy are pretty much like the modest deficits you'd find when comparing healthy 20-year-olds with healthy 60-year-olds," says Dr Julie Henry, a psychology researcher at the University of NSW. Dr Henry and co-investigator Professor Peter Rendell, of the Australian Catholic University, compared the memory performances of more than 1,000 pregnant women, mothers and healthy non-pregnant females involved in 14 different studies around the world in the past 30 years. They found that pregnant women are significantly impaired on some, but not all, measures of memory. They experience most difficulty with memory tasks that rely on "executive cognitive control", those tasks where novelty or significant effort is involved. "Regular, well-practised memory tasks - such as remembering phone numbers of friends and family members - are unlikely to be affected," Prof Rendell said. "It's a different story, though, when you have to remember new phone numbers, people's names or hold in mind several different pieces of information, such as when multi-tasking." The work, published in the Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology, is one of the first to confirm the suspicion from endless subjective reports that so-called "baby brain" is a real phenomenon. The results indicate that the impairment is still evident a year after childbirth, but no studies have yet investigated beyond this period. Dr Henry said scientists still don't understand why a woman's memory should be impaired at such an important time, but they suspect lifestyle factors play a role. "In pregnancy your normal routines are disrupted and you can suffer sleep deprivation after the birth," Dr Henry said. "We know from other research that either of those things can affect cognitive performance."